A Glasgow pub has ditched plans to spend money on the Queen’s Jubilee decorations to donate £300 to help the city’s homeless community instead.
Glasgow’s oldest gay pub, the iconic city centre boozer has been serving for punters for half a century at the corner of Argyle Street and Wellington Street.
They confirmed that the cash would be going to Homeless Project Scotland, who operate a soup kitchen three nights per week nearby under the Hielanman’s Umbrella.
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Announcing the donation on Facebook, boss Bobby Gibson said it was one motivated by “common sense”.
The post read: “Although the Jubilee celebrations are this week we have decided instead of spending money on balloons/bunting/giveaways etc we are going to donate £300 to the unit under the Central Station bridge to give food etc to the homeless. This is by no means a political/religious statement…….just common sense.”
Homeless Project Scotland, which was founded in 2019, feeds around 300 people a week with over 1,000 hot meals, and has also built up a fleet of vans to collect furniture and distribute these to people who need help with setting up a home.
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In 2021, volunteers ran 144 soup kitchens, provided 55,000 litres of hot food, topped up over 200 mobile phones, delivered well over 2,000 toiletry packages, and worked with 32 local authorities to help house homeless individuals or those with drug and alcohol issues, dealing with over 40 referrals per day.